Dusting off the Keyboard! 

I have not written anything in a long time. I’m sure you are all wondering how progress is doing! We’ll progress is still slow, but good! I have been stuck again, but still moving forward! I was reading this devotional today and wanted to share! I did not write this. I got this devotional from the Bible app. 
“Where the Battle is Won or Lost”

Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world. The Spirit of God seizes me and I am compelled to get alone with God and fight the battle before Him. Until I do this, I will lose every time. The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. However long it takes, I must wrestle with it alone before God, and I must resolve to go through the hell of renunciation or rejection before Him. Nothing has any power over someone who has fought the battle before God and won there.

I should never say, “I will wait until I get into difficult circumstances and then I’ll put God to the test.” Trying to do that will not work. I must first get the issue settled between God and myself in the secret places of my soul, where no one else can interfere. Then I can go ahead, knowing with certainty that the battle is won. Lose it there, and calamity, disaster, and defeat before the world are as sure as the laws of God. The reason the battle is lost is that I fight it first in the external world. Get alone with God, do battle before Him, and settle the matter once and for all.
In dealing with other people, our stance should always be to drive them toward making a decision of their will. That is how surrendering to God begins. Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point— a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go toward a more and more slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest— our best for His glory.

Have a blessed week! Jesus loves you where you are! 


I have seen people write #goals in a caption to a picture in admiration of a relationship, trip, success, or other different scenarios. We should have goals of things we would like to accomplish. Not that we should try to be like every other person and be a copy of them, but be our own person and set goals that will grow us into the person God desires us to be. Goals help us and encourage us to be better, do better, and challenge us to change whatever might be keeping us from getting to where we would like to be. 

So I am a terrible runner! But one thing I’ve been working on is running a little more every time I go out for a wog (walk/jog). I decided to set for myself the goal of doing a 5k every month and try to improve on my time at each run. My first 5k of the year was this last Saturday. It was so much fun, and it supported a great cause (CASA Superhero run:Court Appointed Special Advocates that help abused and neglected children). It was a lot of fun seeing everyone in their awesome superhero costumes!  

   I am so excited because this has been encouraging me to keep my routine wogging and improve in time for the next run in May! Little goals will lead to bigger goals accomplished. 

What are some easy goals you can set for yourself today? 

Have a great week! Jesus loves you! 


Hide and Seek

One of my favorite games my siblings and cousins loved to play was Hide and seek. Just to kick it up a knotch we would play it at night time at the school over by my grandmother’s house. I personally hated playing in the dark simply because I was afraid of being in the dark by myself. As I hid I was terrified for the moment the person who was it would find me. Sooner or later the flash light would hit me and I was found. My heart would beat so fast. My older brother always got a thrill out of scaring me. 

Two things the light does, it exposes what’s hidden in the dark and over takes the darkness that is there. 

I have always struggled with my weight and eating habits growing up. One of the biggest issues I had was hiding food. Hiding when I would eat food, or waiting for my mom to leave so I can eat before dinner and then eat dinner. It’s not like I was restricted from food ever, I mean my mom did always try to instill healthy eating habits, but never was I denied food. Food became my comfort, my emotional escape, my hobby, my addiction. Pretty soon food consumed my thoughts. I would think about what I would eat in the morning, snack, lunch, dinner. There’s this verse in the bible:

Romans 8:5 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”

Whatever we allow to consume our minds will eventually take over. Just like that saying whatever you always eat, is what you are going to crave. Sin likes to hide. Because sometimes for myself at least when no one knows what I struggle with its so easy to go right back to it without accountability. It can also cause guilt and shame, which is not the way God intended us to live. I am proud to say that I have let go of hiding what I eat or being ashamed if I know I ate something that might cause me to go back to old ways. I just keep going. I confess, don’t hide. 

Luke 8:17 “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.”

I have learned to that God allows things to be exposed for a reason. Not to condemn us, but to show us what we need to work on. His grace and mercies are new every morning. I sure am thankful that He never gives up on me even in my weaknesses! #i am a work in progress! 

Have a blessed weekend! God loves you so much! 

The More You Know

We all have that one favorite subject  we love, and then we all have that one subject we absolutely dread. Learning new things can be fun, and exhausting at the same time and even frustrating. I have never been great at keeping up with reading or studying things in depth.  Well except when it comes to things I really enjoy learning about.

Beginning of week #10!  I can’t believe how far I’ve made it! There is so much to continue to learn. I have learned how important it is to educate yourself on nutrition. Knowing what you are eating and what the benefits are of what you are putting in your mouth makes a huge difference. I’m not here to give you a health lesson on GMO’s, calories or anything, because I’m sure I’m not the best person yet for that! But I hope to be! The more I know and Learn will only help me get closer to my goal! 

Last week I didn’t lose any weight, BUT that’s ok. I’m tracking my diet and seeing what I can change and what I can do in my exercise routine to get me back on track. It’s been emotional these past few weeks. I’ve reached a point where it’s tough and I’ve had to push and pray my way through to not give up! 

We should always be learning new things and ways to improve areas in our lives that are not as strong! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always enjoy it, but I’m trying my best! 

God loves you! Have a blessed week!

 Learning new trails on my running route💪🏽 

It’s The Little Things

When I was younger I always remember my mom putting little tiny notes or verses on our napkins in our lunch pales. If she knew we were having a test that day she would write “Do your best and God will do the rest.” Even though they weren’t these huge long letters the simplicity and love from her genuine heart meant so much to my siblings and I. 

Approaching my 7th week in this journey I have been reflecting on certain things. One in particular is the little changes I make in my eating habits, have a big impact on my body. Change doesn’t happen over night. It’s a process. For example I first cut out soda. I increased the amount of water I drank everyday. As much as I enjoy soda (like a lot), within the first week I saw a difference. And then from my eating plan I began to continue to make smaller changes. Even with exercise! I started off walking everyday and now jogging a little more. I can feel my muscles are getting stronger.It has been tough these past few weeks, but I’m so thankful that because of these small changes I see the results and feel the difference in my health! God cares about what we may think is not a big deal but if it’s distracting us from Him or slowly pulling us from being who He has called us to be then yes it’s a big deal to Him. And I want to continue to obedient in all areas of my life! One small change at a time! 

Hope you have a great week! What small changes can you make this week? 

God loves you so much! 


No looking Back

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬
I really like Paul. He knew exactly what he was living for. He stayed kingdom minded and focused on  God, and all He had for him on this earth. He acknowledged he wasn’t perfect, but He kept on running his race to reach his heavenly goal. 

As I reread this scripture it reminds me to keep going. To not look back on all the failed attempt tries of “eating better “, or beating myself up because I just can’t seem to get a hold of this part of my life. But to keep pushing through one step at a time.

During the end of December  and beginning of the new 2016 year I hesitated to get on the scale. It had been a while since I blogged and I hadn’t been eating very well. I started to feel sluggish again and couldn’t seem to quite feel myself. I was feeling so sick I knew I needed to weigh in and see how much I gained and needed a plan. Not only was it affecting my physical body, but also my spirit. I  stepped on the scale and 305 appeared on the screen. My heart sank and I began to cry. I had been 315 pounds 4 years ago and told myself I wouldn’t go back. But here I was and there were the numbers. I prayed and asked God to help me. I want to change, I don’t want to allow food to control any part of me. The more I kept seeking God he reminded me of the biggest loser club. So I logged on and I decided to try it. However, I wanted this to be a lifetime commitment and not another roller coaster ride. I also picked up a book called “Made to Crave.” By Lysa Terkuerst. Which is about craving God more than you do food. It has been an incredible tool these past few weeks. It has been 6 weeks and I am proud to say I have stuck to it! I have lost 21 pounds, but besides the weight that is coming off I feel so good! I look forward to exercise everyday so far. I have noticed a tremendous difference at work chasing the kiddos. So yes it’s the beginning again,but no more looking back, just moving forward!

I also started taking vitamins which have helped boost my energy and immune system!  

May you have a blessed week and may you never look back, but keep looking up and moving forward! 



Have you driven your car in the rain on a dirt road? As the road gets more drenched with water the dirt road becomes muddier and thicker to drive in. I remember being on a Missions trip to Mexico and as our team was driving in this huge van we got stuck in the mud. My friend and I were in the very back. Our youth Pastor shouted through the front door, “we are stuck but if we all get out and push it should be easier.” And what do you know, it was! We got up and walked out and began to push and before we knew it we were back on the road heading back home, of course with mud as our souvenir. 

The past  3 weeks I have felt so unmotivated.  I haven’t wanted to walk in the morning, and I struggle to encourage myself to get back on the ball. I let my guard down and then I start letting little eating habits come back. True story: today as I was at work, my co-teacher briefly asked me if I had still been blogging, I was sitting down on the grass watching my students play in the sensory table. I answered and said no, and explained to her how I have been avoiding it, not feeling like doing it. I then stated, “Kim, I just feel stuck.” “Really stuck.” Exactly right after I said that one our students came by me. He said “ok,” and begins to grab my arm and lift it up. I was like what is he doing? I thought I had something on my hand, but he just began to brush it off, and then came behind me and said, “get up, Ms.Valerie, get up.” I was a little caught of guard. He tried his hardest to push me from behind and just kept saying “get up.” My eyes began to water as I felt the Holy Spirit whisper in my ear, “you have everything you need to get back up, you don’t have to stay here. Get up.” God used this handsome little boy to encourage me today. This struggle for me is real. It’s very frustrating at times. But how awesome God is to meet us exactly where we are at and tells us to keep going. He loves us so much. Wherever you find yourself whether it be stuck or feeling discouraged or unmotivated to finish something, GET UP!! Be honest about how you feel, but don’t sit in your discouraging state. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help if you find yourself in the mud! God puts people in our lives for a reason, and He is right there as well. Much Love. 

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. “(‭Psalm‬ ‭40‬:‭1-4‬ NIV)

Don’t be anxious with results, but be faithful in the process! 

Pushing Through

Philippians 4:13

” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

I have heard this verse my whole life, reading it numerous times, seeing it on t shirts, encouraging bracelets, and memorizing it for bible points, and even writing it on my bedroom mirror. However As this verse was laid on my heart this week, it sunk in even deeper to my heart. God has been revealing to me that my eating issue is not just the eating part, as much as it is about my own heart and my relationship with Him. I struggle to surrender every part of me to Him. Sometimes I’m afraid of failing, or maybe not being able to finish or give it my all, and sometimes I just flat out can be lazy. The past two weeks have been the most challenging for me. Learning to be disciplined in areas of my life that require me to have self control. I recently listened to this sermon and the pastor said ” Change will cost you something, obedience is costly. If you set out to make a change, and don’t count the cost the reality will set in.” Those words rang in my heart so loudly. I feel like this is so true, sometimes we want things to change, we need change, or need to leave a situation, but we don’t want to fight for it, or make the effort to take that first step to make that change  because it gets too hard. Sometimes the enemy will try to discourage us or try to tempt us to lure us back into the thing that entangles us. I have been having to remind myself that yes it’s not easy breaking something that has been there for a long time, but the pain, the effort, the pushing through is so worth it, the freedom that comes from it, is so much better than being in bondage any longer. So as I keep reading this verse in Philippians I hold to the fact that God will give me the strength to conquer and finish the things He is asking me to do. It’s been a good journey. And I actually have been waking up at the crack of dawn to go walking with my mama and some other great supporters! It’s our third week and yes sometimes I don’t wake up, but I am trying harder this week, and am seeing progress! Third week in eating healthier as well and feeling a difference as well! Not feeling so sluggish! May you keep pushing through no matter where you find yourself! imagesCA3A4U2H

Hello Blogging World

Hello there! About two years ago I had it on my heart to start a blog about my fitness journey. However, I hesitated at the fact of being transparent about something that I have always struggled with. For many years I was addicted to food and I allowed it to have control over me and would run to it for emotional reasons. I would love to tell you that I have conquered this struggle in my life, but I am still a work in progress. As I was praying a few weeks ago, God was reminding me that I am a work in progress, I am not perfect, He doesn’t expect me to be, but He wants to help me by refining and burning off the things that keep me from being who He desires  me to be. And sometimes sharing our story may be an encouragement to someone else. So as I start my blog it will be about my journey to seeking God even deeper than I have before and letting Him refine the areas in my life that need some strengthening. You will read about my exercising( I’ll try not to complain so much:) ), eating better (I might cheat a few times),  verses that encourage me (there are many), an occasional joke(laughing is my favorite),  and the people who are involved in this journey with me(they are awesome)! I am so excited to see what God does!

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